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Question PCI-E Slot Problem/Accident On MSI Z97 Gaming 5 Mobo

Sithtiger

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So a couple of years ago, I was upgrading my mobo, CPU and RAM to what I have now from the MSI Z97 Gaming 5 motherboard. The GPU retention mechanism was very stiff and to make a long story short, I damaged the PCI-E slot on the mobo. I'm wondering if it's safe to use still if you used the 2nd PCI-E slot. I know the 2nd slot is an 8x and not a 16x, so you'll lose a few frames, but I'm selling my old stuff, but I'm unsure of selling the mobo. I'm selling to a friend who is aware of the issue. Does anyone think it's safe to even plug this in and try to use it? Personally, I don't think it's a good idea.

Here are some pics of the mobo and you'll see it's pulled up from the mobo itself. There are a couple of contacts/pins pulled away from the plastic shroud it's in. It could likely be repaired if you had the tools, maybe a soldering iron, but I can't fix this type of problem. Judging by the pictures, is it safe to use, or should I not risk it? If you avoid using the slot itself, is it safe or not? It's too bad, it was a great and beautiful motherboard! I was going to sell an MSI GTX 1070 Gaming 8G, 32 GB of G.Skill DDR3 RAM, i7 4790k CPU, and the mobo (if it's safe), all for $200. Am I being fair as well with the price? I think so, regarding what I'm selling. Everything else works beautifully. If I don't include the board, I'll sell it for $150 and still throw the board in, but won't recommend using it. It could be fine and then again, it could fry every component on it. l like to be overly cautious. Thanks in advance!
Link to pics of the mobo
 

Lutfij

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So long as the secondary slot isn't compromised like the primary slot(apart from having less lanes) then you should be good to part ways with it but I think the ethical thing to do is give your friend a slice off the cost of the system as a sign of good faith. That being said, don't use the primary slot for any device.

The only way it'll be repaired is if it was sent into MSI or a certified technician.
 

Sithtiger

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So long as the secondary slot isn't compromised like the primary slot(apart from having less lanes) then you should be good to part ways with it but I think the ethical thing to do is give your friend a slice off the cost of the system as a sign of good faith. That being said, don't use the primary slot for any device.

The only way it'll be repaired is if it was sent into MSI or a certified technician.
Thanks for replying. Yeah, I was thinking of $150. I think that's fair since I just saw used 1070's just like mine well over $200. He's gonna have to find or buy a PSU though. Even though it's probably fine, I don't have the money to replace it, if it killed it, but thanks for the opinion. I'll try it.
 

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